Bereavement Follow Up

BEREAVEMENT FOLLOW UP

Policy

All surviving loved ones have access to grief support and counseling service directly and/or by referral.

Procedure

1.       Signature others will be identified in the patient record.

2.       Issues of anticipatory grief will be identified on an ongoing basis and bereavement coordinator will be appraised of potential difficulties for survivors.

3.       The bereavement coordinator may meet with loved ones before the patient death upon request of the hospice staff.

4.       A bereavement assessment and care plan will be completed for each family unit. Risk factors are identified.

5.       Standard bereavement service are as follows for all clients:

·         ONE WEEK AFTER DEATH

       Letter sent

       Bereavement visit schedules

·         ONE MONTH AFTER DEATH

       Phone call to loved one

·         THREE MONTHS AFTER DEATH

       Letter

       Pamphlet of grief

       Invitation to bereavement group

·         SIX MONTHS AFTER DEATH

       Letter

       Phone call

       Invitation to bereavement group

·         TWELVE MONTHS AFTER DEATH

       Letter

       Phone call

6.       Ongoing one-on-one bereavement counseling will be offered to all loved ones for one year following death. This will be available at a minimum of five (5) days per week.


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